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Batuk’s New Song & Video 'Call Me Naughty' Is A Party Anthem

Spoek Mathambo, Aero Manyelo and Manteiga's new collective, Batuk, return with infectious song and video for "Call Me Naughty"

Batuk's Aero Manyelo, Manteiga and Spoek Mathambo. Source: Facebook
If you haven’t already heard, Batuk is the pan-African music collective you need to know. Comprised of South African producers Spoek Mathambo and Aero Manyelo alongside artist and vocalist Manteiga, the group is using house music as a vehicle to connect the African diaspora through rhythm culture and language.

After arriving on the scene in January with the Mozambique-recorded Daniel EP and its equally mesmerizing visuals, the group returns this week with a new track and video.


The infectious zouk and house-influenced party song “Call Me Naughty” features frequent Batuk collaborator Nandi Ndlovu. Its video sees the full crew hit the town for a wild time in Johannesburg.

The track will appear on the group’s forthcoming debut album, Musica da Terra, which, like the Daniel EP, is the result of pan-continental collaboration. The project features contributions from the likes of Nandi Ndlovu, Mozambicans Grupo Zore and Grupo Makarita and Ugandans Giovanni Kiyingi, Annet Nandujja, Lebon and Nilotica.

Musica da Terra arrives May 27th on Teka Records.

You’re gonna want to turn this one up.

Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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